EL SEGUNDO, CA Marc Savard landed in Boston on Sunday afternoon after the long flight back from Denver, and it appears the Bruins center will be getting treated for both a cut and a head injury that had the center suffering from headaches one day later.
Savard flew home with assistant equipment manager Matt Falconer, and was going to get some rest before getting run through a series of all-too familiar medical tests in the days ahead.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told CSNNE.com via a text message that Savard will be evaluated by doctors on Monday, and it appears that the 32-year-old center is exhibiting some of the symptoms associated with a concussion.
Nothing has happened since he got to Boston, so I havent heard of anything as well, said coach Claude Julien. His head was hurting because he was cut over the head. The medical staff was being cautious with whats happened to him by sending him home, but he was still having those headaches this morning.
They havent deemed anything yet, and thats what will happen in Boston. Theyll check him out and decide whether its serious. It didnt seem serious since he remembered the hit and everything that happened afterward. It was more the cut than anything else and it was precautionary move by everyone involved.
Savard missed the first 23 games of the season over the first two months while recovering from the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome and seemed to just be finding his game in the last couple of weeks.
But it appears Savard might be on the shelf again with whats hoped is a minor concussion that wont keep him out of the lineup for a long period of time. All bets are off, however, when it comes to a case of a player like Savard thats battled with some pretty serious neurological issues over the last calendar year.
The violent way Savards head slammed into the glass following contact with Matt Hunwick on Saturday afternoon, and his emotional reaction following the collision, spoke volumes about what the center is feeling but things could change for the better a few days removed from the hit if Savard truly was fully and completely healed from the concussion and PCS symptoms that dogged him during the spring and summer.
David Krejci was moved up to a center position on the top line with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton at Sunday afternoons practice at the Toyota Sports Center facility used by the Los Angeles Kings a reunion of the line that tore up the NHL over the first month-plus of the season.
Hopefully we can pick it up and have a good stretch, said Krejci. We played really well, but we had a couple of games that we didnt produce. So we had to have a chance. Im excited about it.
Krejci went through a dry spell of seven games wrapped around the end of December and beginning of January where he managed only a single assist, but it appears the Czech Republic center is back on the upswing again. In his last seven games Krejci has seven assists and earned the helpers on both of Milan Lucics goals against the Colorado Avalanche a good sign for Krejci and Lucic as theyre again setting in as Bostons big playmaking unit.
The last few games I felt pretty good and my legs have felt good, said Krejci. Weve created a lot of scoring chances, and the last game Looch really broke out which helps. Its funny how this game works sometimes.
You feel like you played pretty well and one game, second game, third game you have no points. A month later you look at it and you see five games with no points, and you say, Wow, you must have been awful. Im not saying I played well when I had no points, but Im sure in these games I felt good. It happens sometimes. The season is long and it happens. Youre playing against the best players in the world. You just need to forget about it and get ready for the next game. Im just glad that Looch is playing well and hes back on my line. So far, so good and we want to keep it going.
Tyler Seguin practiced at center with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder on either side of him in practice, and Julien said the soon to be 19-year-old is continuing to really absorb all the nuances of the NHL game.
Seguin has two goals and three assists in 12 games during the month of January, but has gone six straight games without gracing the scoresheet despite his ability to score at will on both goaltenders when the Bruins practice the shootout at the end of their Sunday work day at the Toyota Sports Center.
I think when you look at our lineup weve got some really good experience up the middle and its an important part. When you talk about Gregory Campbell, Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Savard theres some real experience there and some good things, said Julien. Putting Seguin on the wing has taken some of the responsibility away from him so he can develop more comfortably, but when injuries happen its pretty easy to throw him back in there at center.
I dont think any of this moving back and forth is hurting him at all. I think its helping him because its allowing him to understand the game at this level much better from both of these positions.
Daniel Paille will be back into the lineup for the Bruins on Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings to replace Marc Savard, and should be skating with Shawn Thornton and Campbell to start the game at the Staples Center.